After it was revealed that Officer Sicknick did not die from a "fire extinguisher", media outlets began pushing the lie that he died from "bear spray", an idea that we previously pointed out was preposterous.
The chief medical examiner, Francisco Diaz, said Monday that an autopsy of Sicknick found no evidence the 42-year-old suffered an allergic reaction to chemical irritants.
U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died of "natural" causes one day after a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, the Washington, D.C., medical examiner announced on Monday. And they later thought perhaps Sicknick may have ingested a chemical substance - possibly bear spray - that may have contributed to his death.
Federal officials arrested and charged two men last month with assaulting Sicknick with bear spray during the riot.
Lawyers for the two men had no immediate comment Monday.
Conflicting reports emerged of the circumstances of Sicknick's death.
However, the examiner's report also suggested that the riot likely played a role in causing the stroke, noting that "all that transpired played a role in his condition".
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We have covered many times before the curious lack of medical evidence as to how Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died.
Sicknick's death, attributed to pro-Trump rioters, was a leading excuse for a federal law enforcement crackdown on every protester physically at the Capitol that day, regardless of whether they committed violence.
Acting U.S. attorney general Jeffrey A. Rosen said in a January 8 statement that Sicknick died of "the injuries he suffered defending the U.S. Capitol".
The Washington Post first reported the medical examiner's ruling.
Khater and Tanios are not charged in Sicknick's death, and the officer's natural cause of death will make it unlikely they or anyone else is charged with homicide in his death.
The officer was honored in the Capitol at the beginning of February.